Family members of the convicted Black "youths" and their supporters announced that they intended to sue Long Beach for civil rights violations.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Two black youths accused of taking part in the Halloween mob beating of three white women would spend only a few months in custody if they plead guilty to assault, a prosecutor said.The 15-year-old Jordan High School students were offered a pretrial deal Monday in Inglewood, where their case is being heard.
They would spend no more than three months each in the California Youth Authority if they plead guilty to one count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, prosecutor Andrea Bouas said.
The pleas would carry special allegations that the alleged assault was a hate crime and caused great bodily injury.
Negotiations continued, however.
``The mother of one of these young men came up with a counteroffer: She does not want her son to admit to a hate crime because she does not view her family as hateful people,'' Bouas said.
video of victims
In spite of the victims attorney's proclamations that race was not a factor in this sickening crime, the facts speak for themselves. We would also like to emphasize the glaringly obvious disparity of 'justice.' -- Editor